How and When to Choose a Dumpster
August 25, 2014
When confronted by a mountain of accumulated trash in home or business, it’s best to dispose of it responsibly. Whether the stuff is old files, wall board, floor tile, paper or something else in great quantity, the owner needs to think about some trash basics before simply putting it all to the curb on garbage day or getting a commercial dumpsters in CO.
Ask first: how much refuse is there, and will it be gone in just one trip or will more be necessary? Also, is all the stuff the same kind of material, or is it a jumble of many different kinds of items? Let’s look at the second question first.
It is OK to have a mix of trash, but some may have to be separated out for special handling. Check the website for the local municipality to see what may be put out in the weekly collection and what cannot. Obviously, anything potentially harmful such as car oil, batteries, computer monitors and the like cannot be just thrown out or dumpstered. The environmental rules for hazardous waste exist for a reason must be researched and followed. Even odd items such as cooking oil must be put in plastic jugs and thrown out a gallon at a time in Denver.
Then look at how much refuse is actually there. Estimate the amount in cubic yards (volume) and its weight as well. That way, the dumpster rental company will be able to recommend the right sized dumpster. Usually, companies offer containers hold 10, 15, 20, 30 and up to 40 cubic yards of material. Smaller dumpsters are available, too, and wheeled totes are a good option for around 100 cubic gallons of trash. The consumer can easily push these totes around the property and fill them for pick up by the company’s front-loading garbage truck.
Also, volume and weight of the garbage is important to avoid overfilling the container. Rental companies charge extra for weight beyond the contracted limit. So inquire how heavy the load can be, and don’t be afraid to ask for advice in approximating the size of load.
It is important to decide ahead of time how long this clean-up may take. A simple yard clean-up may last only a weekend with a dumpster dropped off on a Friday after work and picked up Monday morning. A bigger basement or warehouse clean out may take weeks or even months depending on amount of trash, time and people available to actually do the job. Again, rough out a schedule before placing the order for the container(s).
Another question to ask the Denver dumpster rental company is how big the dumpster is. What is its height, length and width? This information is very important to be sure the container will fit in the area planned for it. Minimize the foot traffic from the building, house, yard or garage to the dumpster, and this will save time and energy.
Beyond that, the intended space may be narrow or short. Urban neighborhoods often have very tight driveways with little wiggle room between houses. Check the fit before the truck off loads the dumpster to avoid frustration and damage. The container needs to clear grass, overhangs, gutters, car ports and power lines. Also, warn neighbors that this large box will be setting near their houses. Those dumpsters that are outfitted with a lid, usually the smaller ones, have the advantage of keeping weather, wind, animals and even humans out of the trash.
Preparation, research and a good old sweat equity will help with any do it yourself clean out project involving a dumpster.